A colorful and opinionated guide to Milwaukee businesses, 1877
Milwaukee Illustrated: its trade, commerce, manufacturing interests, and advantages as a residence city
After the Civil War, economic and social growth increased rapidly as railroads and other means of communication and transportation linked Wisconsin to the East. Meatpacking and brewing began to assume a greater economic importance in Milwaukee in the 1860s. By the late nineteenth century, Milwaukee was a major industrial center, with thousands of workers employed in tanneries, foundries, packing plants, and other manufactures. This book, produced by one of the city's elite residents, W.W. Coleman, provides an overview of the city's history and a tour of the neighborhoods, before launching into an extended, and somewhat opinionated, description of the major industries and commercial operations.